We having been driving back and forth between Calgary, AB and Cranbrook, BC many times over the last 6 months. We are still trying to sell our home and between upgrades and open houses it seems like every 2 weeks we are on the road for the 4 hour trip.
I enjoy the drive through Banff and Kootenay National Park better than the drive south through Crowsnest Pass.
However during the summer the park is packed with tourists and campers and RV’s so it is quicker to go south. Last week, just before Canadian Thanksgiving, it was a beautiful day so we decided that we should try going through the National Parks. It was our first time back to Highway 1 since early June and I was looking forward to seeing the incredible views.
Although we have driven past Olive Lake many times this trip we decided to stop and take a look around.
Olive Lake is located just inside the Kootenay Park gates east of Radium, BC on the Sinclair Pass Summit at an elevation of 1486 metres (4875 ft).
There is a picnic area with tables, a shelter and bathrooms (really more like an outhouse). There are a couple of pathways that you can use to explore the shores of the lake. Neither is very long and both can be done in 30 or 40 minutes.
While the lake is home to colourful Brook trout we didn’t see any in the extremely clear water. (Fishing season July 1 – October 31)
I am glad we stopped and took a look around it was very peaceful and would recommend anyone who passes by to take the time to check it out.